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Angie Huk
June 6, 2023 | Food and Wine | Angie Huk

Discovering the Perfect Pairing: River Stone Wines and Delectable Cheeses

Picture this: a cozy evening with friends, a bottle of River Stone wine, and a platter of delectable cheeses. Is there anything better? When it comes to indulging life’s finer pleasures, there are few combinations as satisfying as wine and cheese. The marriage of these two culinary delights creates a symphony of flavors and textures that can transport your taste buds to new heights.

A Brief Introduction to River Stone

Nestled in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, our vineyard and winery are renowned for its exceptional wines crafted with passion and dedication. We embrace nature-based farming practices, nurturing the vineyards to produce grapes of exceptional quality. This commitment to excellence translates into remarkable wines, showcasing the unique characteristics of the region.

The Art of Pairing Wine and Cheese

Let's embark on a melodic journey through the art of pairing wine and cheese. It's akin to composing a piece of music, where flavors, textures, and aromas blend harmoniously to create a captivating tune on your palate.













The goal is to strike a perfect balance, where the wine and cheese seamlessly intertwine, enhancing each other's unique qualities and creating a masterpiece of taste.

Sauvignon Blanc

Our vibrant Sauvignon Blanc is a crowd-pleaser with hints of goose berry, grapefruit and melon, offering a beautiful mouth feel. This white pairs very well with a creamy goat cheese. The tangy and earthy flavours of the cheese strikingly balance the wine's zesty acidity, resulting in a refreshing and delightful combination.

Alternatively, try a fresh mozzarella. The mild and milky flavours complement the bright acidity of a sauv blanc. Enjoy this pairing with a Caprese salad or bruschetta.

Malbec Rosé

This unique, summer wine is a must-try. With aromas of berry, rhubarb, pomegranate and rose petals, there is enough structure in this rosé wine to be very versatile with cheese pairings. Cheese varieties like parmesan, aged cheddar or gouda compliment wonderfully. As the Malbec Rosé has a dry, savoury finish, an aged Gouda is a perfect match, with the sharp nuttiness it brings. The distinctive flavours that can be both sharp and sweet highlight the complexity that the Malbec grapes add. Feta Pizza pairs well with Rose wine

Feta is another great pairing option for this distinct blend. Briny, salty creamy and tart characteristics create a lively contrast against the acidity of the rosé. Feta is a versatile option that brightens up any Mediterranean inspired dishes. A simple olive and feta tapenade or pizza is a sure to please.

Let's talk reds - famous for their bold flavors, fuller bodies, and differing tannin levels.

When it comes  to pairing these robust wines, you need a cheese that can hold its ground. Since red wines often have moderate to high tannins, which can leave your mouth feeling dry, it's a good idea to pair them with creamy, fatty cheeses like Brie or Camembert. Aged cheeses also work very well,  as their intense flavors can beautifully enhance the already robust taste of Bordeaux-style blends.

Cabernet Franc

River Stone’s Cabernet Franc is renowned for its vibrant fruit flavours, mature tannins and earthiness. These qualities make it a perfect pairing with Manchego. The nutty and caramel flavours of this sei-soft cheese complement the ripe blueberry, current and cherry notes of the Cab Franc.  Get creative with your appetizers by frying up some Manchego or elevate your next pasta night by swapping out Romano with this zesty cheese.

Corner Stone

This signature Bordeaux style blend is the real deal, with rich fruit flavours and lots of layers. Blue cheese, specifically Roquefort is an exceptional choice for this red. It’s sharp, tangy, and creamy, providing a captivating contrast to the wine’s fruitiness.

If blue cheese is to bold for your taste, a buttery Camembert is a wonderful alternative. The earthy notes in this red wine work well with the subtle tang of Camembert cheese allowing the wine’s complexity to shine through. Bake it with a sprig of rosemary and a drizzle of honey – this is a combination that will have you grinning from ear to ear.

Exploring Further Possibilities

Are you ready to take your wine and cheese adventure to the next level? Don't be afraid to explore unique cheese varieties that appeal to your personal preferences. Each pairing will unlock a new world of flavors and surprise your palate in the best possible way. So, gather your friends, pop open a bottle or two, slice some cheese, and let the flavors mingle in a glorious symphony of taste.

Cheers to the perfect pairing!


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